The Ministry of Public Health will step up health care efforts for women because a number of them are at risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, which killed 42,500 women last year.
As for health mission for women, the ministry will join hands with women-related organisations such as the National Council of Women of Thailand under the royal patronage of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, in setting up 84 women’s clubs nationwide this year.
The clubs will coordinate closely with provincial health officials and serve as the centres to disseminate knowledge to women, encouraging them to take care of their health.
According to Public Health Minister Wittaya Buranasiri, at present women are facing health risks. In 2010, 42,500 women were killed by five non-communicable chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes, hypertension, stroke and Ischemic heart disease.
Cancer killed 24,417 women, followed by stroke with 7,477 women and Ischemic heart disease with 5,327 women. Other health problems associated with women are risks of using unsafe cosmetics and weight loss drugs.
The Ministry of Public Health hence will promote health measures to reduce sick and fatality rates caused by those diseases while health care services will be arranged for special groups, including children, women, senior citizen and disabled people.